Photos around the college-composition

For this week’s photography session we started to look at the composition rules/guidelines to follow in photography. With these in mind we ventured outdoors to take some photos around the college. I have selected the following three photographs:


The first photo shows the external view of the main building at Hull College. It provided a great opportunity to  illustrate symmetry and patterns within photography. As a promotional photo for the college it is probably not a good choice. Whilst the show piece work of art may highlight the college’s focus on art and design, the building is somewhat staid and unimaginative. It could be any institution in any city.


This photo was taken in Queen’s Gardens opposite the college. In contrast to the dull greys and pale blue of the building, the park is vibrant and colourful. The trees provided a natural framing for this photo of the statue in the background.

However, I would have preferred to zoom in further on the statue so that it was the focus of the photo. The trees in this case overshadow the subject of the photograph.


This photo of a duck was also captured in Queen’s Gardens, it reflects the need to think about background. The photo could have been easily improved without the white van . The other black bird in the photo also looks like he is sneaking into the picture and distracts from the subject.

Compositional Rules

Rule of Thirds-the most important elements of an image should be placed along the horizontal and vertical lines of the 9 segment grid or were these lines intersect.

Balancing Elements-place the subject slightly off centre and balance the weight including another object of lesser importance.

Leading Lines-natural lines can be used to enhance the photo’s composition

Depth of Field-create depth of field by including objects in foreground, middle ground and background. Including layers and overlapping, include interesting subjects and vary distances.

Symmetry and Patterns-both natural and man-made. Eye-catching.

Background-plain and unobtrusive background ensures nothing distracts from the subject.

Framing-objects such as trees, archways and holes make perfect natural frames. Gives a more focused image.

The Golden Triangle-photo contains strong diagonal elements. Imagine three triangles being drawn over the photo, place diagonal elements within the frame to give a pleasing composition.






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